Paleo Diet: Say NO to Chlorine in Your Shower Water

Most people know that the government practices municipal water chlorination. Sadly, not many people know why, or how bad this chlorine is for our health.

Chlorination is the process of adding the element chlorine to water as a method of water purification to make it fit for human consumption as drinking water. Water which has been treated with chlorine is effective in preventing the spread of waterborne disease.

The chlorination of public drinking supplies was originally met with resistance, as people were concerned about the health effects of the practice. The use of chlorine has greatly reduced the prevalence of waterborne disease as it is effective against almost all bacteria and viruses, as well as amoeba. - Wikipedia

Water chlorination has helped to eradicate many water born diseases from our water supply, which removes the need for us to worry about such things in our daily lives. The problem is that, as we see in so many areas of our modern lives, modern solutions for disease often result in the promotion of some other less obvious but equally threatening problem. Okay, so it’s fantastic that chlorination kills e.Coli in our water supply, but what’s bad about water chlorination?

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Chlorinated water destroys much of the intestinal flora, the friendly bacteria that help in the digestion of food and which protects the body from harmful pathogens. These bacteria are also responsible for the manufacture of several important vitamins like vitamin B12 and vitamin K. It is not uncommon for chronic skin conditions like acne, psoriasis, seborrhea and eczema to clear up or to be significantly improved by switching to unchlorinated drinking water and supplementing the diet with lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus.

Chlorinated water contains chemical compounds called trihalomethanes which are carcinogens resulting from the combination of chlorine with compounds in water. These chemicals, also known as organochlorides, do not degrade very well and are generally stored in the fatty tissues of the body (breast, other fatty areas, mother’s milk, blood and semen). Organochlorides can cause mutations by altering DNA, suppress immune system function and interfere with the natural controls of cell growth.

Chlorine has been documented to aggravate asthma, especially in those children who make use of chlorinated swimming pools. Several studies also link chlorine and chlorinated by-products to a greater incidence of bladder, breast and bowel cancer as well as malignant melanoma. One study even links the use of chlorinated tap water to congenital cardiac anomalies. - Optimal life Center

A very important fact, that people often do not consider is that the human skin is the largest organ of the human body. The average human hold between 16.1 and 21.5 feet of skin on their body, which provides thousands of tiny pores to soak-up elements from the environment and allow them access to your body. Drinking chlorinated water is obviously unhealthy for us, but many people forget that since the skin soaks up chlorine from showering and bathing in chlorinated water, it’s actually almost as detrimental for us as drinking large amounts of chlorinated water. Personally, I think that it’s time to say NO to chlorine in your shower water, don’t you?

What can you do?

There are really only a few things that you can do. You can refuse to shower in, or drink chlorinated water, or you can use filters to remove some or most of the chlorine from the water before you drink, bathe or shower with it.

“Anything you can do to filter tap and shower water that eliminates or even minimizes chlorine would certainly be helpful and possibly curative for some immune system problems. The use of at source water filtration devices is increasingly popular and affordable. Discuss their use with your health care practitioner”. - Optimal life Center

A reverse osmosis water filter is a great way to filter the chlorine, and other contaminants from your water supply. Whole house reverse osmosis water filters water filters can be incredibly expensive, but a single drinking/cooking water filter outlet in the kitchen, and then a filter on each shower head would be a viable solution, costing only a few hundred dollars. Check out the link on the right of the window, to has a fantastic shower water head filter, that simply screws on, in place of your existing shower head. It’s designed to maintain your existing water pressure, because no-one likes to shower with weak water-pressure….I know I don’t! The ewater shower filter will significantly reduce the levels of chlorine in your shower water, and they give you a SIX MONTH return policy….which means they are confident in their products ability to do what it’s advertised to do.

Also check out their under-counter reverse osmosis water filter systems. I have one of these, with a little dedicated tap on the corner of my sink, that dispenses the incredibly clean and clear water that results from a system such as this. I have to tell you that I absolutely love it, and couldn’t live without it anymore. I use it cook with, make coffee with, and I even use it to make my Kombucha tea, because you won’t find a cleaner, fresher tasting water that is free from the vast majority of contaminants, including chlorine and Fluoride (and that’s another story!). A unit like this is invaluable for good health, and works out to be significantly cheaper than buying bottled water, which is often actually less clean than your own filtered water.

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Barry Cripps is a Paleo-based Nutrition and Wellness Consultant, who operates out of Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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